Virtual Headteacher, Homebased (UK)

Closing date:Expiring in 2 days

The Acorn Online SchoolHomebased (UK)

Date posted:
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: £60,000 to £70,000
Contract term: Permanent

The Acorn Online School

£60,000 to £70,000 

Home Based


We are looking to appoint an inspirational and innovative Headteacher to open, shape and lead The Acorn Online School. Working with numerous local authorities, schools, academies and alternative providers across the Country, we aim to deliver a high quality of education to students aged 11 to 16 years, enabling them to achieve exceptional results. The Acorn Online School aim to grow to 1000 pupils in the next 5 years. We need somebody who is going to develop a school culture, not an online training platform. 

The online school will provide a live platform for teaching and learning through a remote network of home based teachers and students. As Headteacher you will develop the curriculum, considering the demand and requirements of the pupils. The online school will offer a minimum of 2 lessons per week up to the full statutory requirement for 25 hours per week with the main on core subjects (English, Maths and Science).

This is your chance to join a high achieving team at Acorn Care and Education, part of the NFA Group. The Education division is growing strongly, both organically and by acquisition and is one of the largest providers in the country for the provision of care and education with positive regulatory outcomes.


You will promote a relentless focus on the quality of education and delivery of a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum that meets the needs of children and young people along with producing positive outcomes.  

 You will be joining a high achieving company and executive team, leading your own outstanding school and positively impacting the lives of many young people. As part of our team you will focus on developing self-esteem and wellbeing, as well as academic performance and development. 


Who are we looking for?

We are looking for someone with exceptional leadership experience and qualities with the ability to build and inspire a team of experienced and talented home based teachers delivering first class learning opportunities. You will have a proven track record of strong and effective leadership, preferably as a Headteacher. 

The successful candidate will have experience working in both an online school and a traditional school, with Good & Outstanding Ofsted results You will have an excellent understanding of the social care and educational legislation pertinent to children in care and will use their initiative and imagination to unblock significant barriers to the educational success of these children and young people. You will have a proven track record of holding staff to account and achieving outcomes. 

We are looking for someone who knows how to bring a creative and innovative approach to improving performance and support for our pupils. An excellent communicator, you will become an ambassador for Acorn Care and Education, as the role will include working in partnership with parents, local authorities and other stakeholders.The Online Headteacher will be able to analyse data to target improvements. 

If you are a truly inspirational, highly motivated and forward-thinking individual, with the energy and passion to change lives coupled with proven experience of impacting upon whole school development and improvement, this could be an excellent opportunity for you.


In return for your experience and commitment we offer outstanding career opportunities, plus access to a network of great leaders within the Acorn Care and Education Group.


Want to explore further?

Call Jasmine Rogers on 01204 556 360 or email recruitment@acorncare.co.uk

We offer an auto enrolment defined contribution pension.



Acorn Care and Education is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the children and young people in our care. Successful applicants will be subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service check.



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Type: Special Needs
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Address: 1 Merchants Place, River Street, Bolton, Greater Manchester, BL2 1BX, United Kingdom.
Telephone: +44 1204 558038
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